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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (573 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Michael Walker Narrator: Lloyd James Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2015 ISBN: 9781504627375
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Laurel Canyon was the neighborhood perched above the clubs and record companies of Sunset Strip where Joni Mitchell, Jim Morrison, Graham Nash, Cass Elliot, Carole King, Don Henley, and Peter Tork, just to name a few, lived and collaborated to make an indelible mark on our music and our culture. Starting with The Byrds in 1965, these musicians began combining the effusive harmonies of folk music with the sounds of the British rock invasion. From their song craft was born the singer-songwriter movement and a new style of American pop that thrives on.

This is not only a history of an important period in rock music but also the story of what happened to the peace and love philosophy of the sixties, as hard drugs and easy sex began to take their toll and the gruesome Wonderland murders signaled the end of the era.

Listen to Lysa William's interview of the author, Michael Walker!

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  • "Laurel Canyon is hilarious and true and bittersweet.  Michael Walker catches the mood in the air, and gets it right...The interviews are wonderful...It's a beautifully written document of that time and place when the personalities were as big as those stony dreams that fueled some of the greatest masterpieces in rock."

    Cameron Crowe

  • “This production should appeal to any reader eager to study artistic flashpoints and to understand how artistic breakthroughs—whether the unique harmonies of the Mamas and the Papas or the dissonant chord progressions of Frank Zappa—are sometimes grounded in multigenerational influences.”

    AudioFile

  • “Pop culture journalist Walker has written a fascinating study of the Los Angeles neighborhood in which he lives and its relationship to developments in American popular music in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Highly recommended.”

    Library Journal

  • “Walker’s chronicle…packs a lot of punch in audio. James’ modulated, occasionally reedy delivery enhances the ironic text in a manner worthy of the rock demigods the book limns. An excellent presentation of this bracing evocation of a storied time and place in pop-music history.”

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ikahana | 2/20/2014

    " Read it in part to prep for a now postponed trip to Southern California (but one that will happen), interesting look at the sex, drugs and rock and roll of what seems like such a simpler time. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tom | 2/11/2014

    " Great tale of an important L.A. neighborhood both as birthplace of pop rock and as a window into the birth and death of a generation gone from idealism to decadence. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Magen | 2/9/2014

    " This is essential reading for anyone who loves rock and roll. I had no idea Laurel Canyon was such a haven for creativity in the 60's and 70's (I always thought it was just where John Holmes lived on Wonderland Ave!). When you realize that so many hugely important musicians lived there, Cass Elliot, Frank Zappa, Joni Mitchell, David Crosby and Graham Nash, the list goes on and on, it's amazing this place isn't more famous. This book is FULL of funny, sad, shocking little vignettes about John Lennon, Warren Zevon and many more. Pretty good! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Nikki | 2/9/2014

    " I wanted it to be more interesting than it was. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Marxist Monkey | 2/5/2014

    " Read as background for a current paper project. This is mostly a celebrity group bio. It turns out that lots of groovy people lived in Laurel Canyon and they did a lot of coke which fucked them up big time. Gosh. I seriously doubt that anyone I know would be tempted to read this. But if you are, don't. Look at Barney Hoskins' Waiting for the Sun instead. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tony | 2/4/2014

    " Guilty fluff pleasure. The chapter on cocaine use was particularly interesting. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Joan | 1/26/2014

    " Interesting anecdotes. Had no idea this one area was such an epicenter for rock and roll. A bit repetitive but perfect for skimming. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Judi | 1/18/2014

    " I have been trying to get there since I read the book six or eight months ago. It seems I can't get there from here. I won't give up. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ginger Shifflett | 1/13/2014

    " lot's of great pictures, good read..interesting facts. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heather | 1/8/2014

    " Still reading and enjoying this very much, borrowed it from my Dad and already know I will not want to return it. What a magical place and time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ed | 1/6/2014

    " Great book about rock n roll in the 60's & 70's in LA. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Coquille Fleur | 12/18/2013

    " Interesting foray into the LA music scene of the 70's (mostly). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brad Goldberg | 12/1/2013

    " I drive through Laurel Canyon everyday and I have a new appreciation of what an amazing history it has. I loved reading about the musicians that gravitated here. It's a quick read and thoroughly enjoyable. If you have a chance to read THE WRECKING CREW as well, they make terrific companion pieces. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christie jordan | 11/29/2013

    " OMG LOVED IT. Great historical recap and stories about what went on when the 60's rock stars occupied the homes and neighborhood. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mia | 11/8/2013

    " Took me back to days I miss. Not the greatest telling of the history of Laurel Canyon and it's denizens but still fun to read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Celticoracle | 9/20/2013

    " I never realized how much of the 60s music came out of Laurel Canyon. An interesting story of the evolution of the place in relation to the music and social evolution of the 60s and 70s, but also some lovely tidbits about the various players here (Joni Mitchell, Crosby, Stills and Nash, etc.) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mike S | 6/18/2013

    " Excellent chronicle of an era that will never be repeated. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris | 10/27/2012

    " Fun book for any native Los Angeles rock music fan. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karen | 10/4/2012

    " I devoured this book! Love the topic. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Zola | 7/15/2012

    " An interesting look at some notorious musical figures, but nothing earth-shattering. Pick it up used. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tenderfoot | 5/21/2012

    " This is a great book for anyone born after 1991. Especially if you're unfamiliar with many of the people mentioned. I did like the writer's style, unfortunately, I didn't learn anything new that I didn't already know decades before. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cyndie Baker | 4/2/2012

    " Enjoyed the back-stories of the American music scene in the 60's and as it further evolved in the 70's. Loved learning of the relationships, friendships and personalities of America's early singer/songwriter's. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melissa | 1/30/2012

    " Engaging non-fiction account of the Laurel Canyon area of Los Angeles. As the epicenter of the rise of the 60s counterculture, the money and decadence that arose were inevitably followed by tragedy. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dominic Ciccodicola | 11/23/2011

    " I did finish it, so it wasn't that bad. a little repetitive. But enough amazing stories to make it worth while. I was living in a creepy Hollywood apartment at the time. very helpful also. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennie | 9/28/2011

    " Great music trivia. Definitely made me want to visit the neighborhood even though it's not the same anymore. Worth a read if you're into music. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Joan | 3/9/2011

    " Interesting anecdotes. Had no idea this one area was such an epicenter for rock and roll. A bit repetitive but perfect for skimming. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tyger | 1/4/2011

    " With more details of debauch, this would have been a four or five.
    As it stands it is a "nice" History of Laurel Canyon and Rock and Roll. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dominic | 12/4/2010

    " I did finish it, so it wasn't that bad. a little repetitive. But enough amazing stories to make it worth while. I was living in a creepy Hollywood apartment at the time. very helpful also. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melissa | 8/8/2010

    " Engaging non-fiction account of the Laurel Canyon area of Los Angeles. As the epicenter of the rise of the 60s counterculture, the money and decadence that arose were inevitably followed by tragedy. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Coquille | 3/8/2010

    " Interesting foray into the LA music scene of the 70's (mostly). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris | 7/26/2009

    " Fun book for any native Los Angeles rock music fan. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tony | 6/19/2009

    " Guilty fluff pleasure. The chapter on cocaine use was particularly interesting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Andrea | 4/16/2009

    " Interesting read. I don't know that all of Walker's theories were really supported. Found it interesting that there were no quotes from Joni Mitchell.

    I enjoyed Peter Coyote's "Sleeping Where I Fall" more but it was interesting to read another book about this time period. "

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About the Author
Author Michael Walker

Michael Walker is the bestselling author of Laurel Canyon: The Inside Story of Rock-and-Roll’s Legendary Neighborhood and What You Want Is in the Limo: On the Road with Led Zeppelin, Alice Cooper, and the Who in 1973, the Year the Sixties Died and the Modern Rock Star Was Born. He has written about popular culture for the New York Times and is a contributing editor at the Hollywood Reporter. He lives in Los Angeles.

About the Narrator

Lloyd James (a.k.a. Sean Pratt) has been narrating since 1996 and has recorded over six hundred audiobooks. He is a seven-time winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award and has twice been a finalist for the prestigious Audie Award. His critically acclaimed performances include Elvis in the Morning by William F. Buckley Jr. and Searching for Bobby Fischer by Fred Waitzkin, among others.